29.11. tapahtuma Helsingissä: A Century of Life and Conflict in Palestine

Tiedekulma, University of Helsinki

November 29, 2pm–4pm

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has captured the headlines for a century. It has had a major impact not only on world politics, but also on the everyday-life of generations of people living in the area. The Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME), Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland (SLS) and the University of Helsinki organise a mini-seminar on the history of Finnish research on Palestine, followed by an expert panel discussion on the current situation of the conflict.

One of the most prominent researchers on Palestine during the first part of the 20th century was the Finnish anthropologist Hilma Granqvist (1890–1972). FIME and SLS are conducting a three-year project (2018–2020) in which Hilma Granqvist’s research material will be made available in a digital archive. Patricia Berg (SLS) and Kira Pihlflyckt (FIME) will present the archive, demonstrating how the data Granqvist collected during her fieldwork in the 1920s and 1930s will benefit researchers and people interested. The material contains signs and indications of the emerging conflict but also functions as a rich source of documentation of a historical Palestinian identity.

The panel discussion will focus on the present state of the conflict and its impact on the life of people in Palestine today. A century of failing to reconcile the crisis includes a series of diplomatic endeavours and masses of displaced Palestinians. Jørgen Jensehaugen from the Peace Research Institute Oslo has published extensively on the Arab-Israeli conflict and will illuminate the political development of the crisis. Tiina Järvi has in her research focused on Palestinian refugees and will share her views on the effects the conflict has had on Palestinian people. The discussion will be moderated by Jukka Huusko, journalist at Helsingin Sanomat specialised in the Middle East.


Opening words
Patricia Berg: Hilma Granqvist online
Kira Pihlflyckt: Hilma Granqvist’s anthropological work

Public discussion: The Palestinian conflict today
Jørgen Jensehaugen, Senior researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo
Tiina Järvi, PhD-researcher, University of Tampere
Moderator: Jukka Huusko, Journalist, Helsingin Sanomat

Refreshments will be served after the panel discussion.

The event is open for the public, no registration is required. The language of the event is English.

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Jørgen Jensehaugen is a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He holds a PhD in history from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In 2018 he published the book Arab–Israeli Diplomacy under Carter: The U.S., Israel and the Palestinians with I.B. Tauris. He has long experience researching the Arab-Israeli conflict, with articles published in Diplomacy & Statecraft, The International History Review, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, The Middle East Journal and Babylon – Nordic Journal of Middle East Studies.

Tiina Järvi is a social anthropologist specialised on Palestinian refugee condition. She is currently finalising her doctoral dissertation at the University of Tampere on futurities of Palestinian refugees living in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and the occupied West Bank. She is also working as a researcher in the project ’Present-futures in/of Palestine’ (Tampere University), funded by the Academy of Finland.